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  1. PCYAA Basketball: Clash of the Titans

    PCYAA Juniors Division (High School) Standings – Saint Jude Catholic School (4-0), Philippine Cultural College (4-0), Pace Academy (2-2), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-2), Uno High School (2-2), Grace Christian College (2-2), Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4) and Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-4)
    There are only two unbeaten teams in the Juniors (High School) Division of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball tournament held at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.

    And when an immovable object meets an irresistible force, something is bound to implode. This is the scenario that awaits defending titlist Saint Jude Catholic School and host Philippine Cultural College when the unblemished teams collide on Saturday, January 30, in their own version of the “Clash of the Titan” or “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.”

    The description aptly applies as the colossal shootout will be held just 30 minutes after high noon.
    Both schools sport an impeccable 4-0 win-loss record and, more importantly, the No. 1 seed in the eight-school, seven-week competitions is at stake.

    The top two teams after the single-round elimination phase will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the eight-team quarterfinal playoffs and even through the semifinals assuming both advance that far.

    After four games, the reigning champion Judenites have beaten 2014 titleholder Uno High School, 65-56; Grace Christian College, 79-37; Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy, 58-39; and Pace Academy, 62-50.

    The Seagulls, on the other hand, have claimed the scalp of Grace Christian College, 60-40; Pace Academy, 66-58; Uno High School, 58-55; and MGC-NLCA, 57-55.

    Note that victories by both teams have come against common opponents.

    A suffocating full-court pressure defense has been Saint Jude’s passport to perfection so far. What’s amazing is that coach Luis Nolasco’s well-conditioned troops have been able to sustain it from start to finish, forcing its foes to hoist bad shots under time constraints while also creating for itself an avalanche of fastbreak points off turnovers.

    SJCS’ share-the-wealth offense has been effective as well as four players are norming at least nine points per game. They are Maynard Nielsen Yap (11.7 ppg, he missed his team’s season opener), Lance Graeham Chan (10., Jared Christian Filipino (9. and tree-like Kendrick Ong (9.0), who also is averaging a team-best 10.8 rebounds along with 1.0 blocks every time out.

    A multi-faceted frontliner, the left-handed Yap has per-game clips of 6.0 boards, 3.33 steals and 1.7 assists as well.

    Heady Judenites guard Matthew Ang (6.8 ppg) has yet to heat up offensively, 14-year-old Mallechi Colby Lim is a threat from long range and Charles Janzen Sy (2.5 ppg) is a hard worker off the glass (6.3 rpg).

    A concern for Saint Jude is the health of Ong, who sustained a right shoulder injury Sunday against Pace Academy early in the third quarter and stayed on the bench the rest of the way.

    For Cultural, the meal tickets will have to come from veteran frontliners Kimson Chen and Daniel Manalang.
    Chen is one of only two players averaging a double-double (the other being Jubilee Christian Academy’s Lanz Kendrick Tan, who owns norms of 11.5 ppg and a league-best 16.5 rpg). He is netting 12.5 scores and 12.3 reebies along with 2.75 steals and 1.75 blocks.

    Manalang, a 6-2 center with a long wingspan, owns averages of 7.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.75 bpg. He, too, is capable of making a triple.

    The Seagulls can also count on heady guard Michael Manansala (8.3 ppg), John Patrick Garcia (8.0), bulky John Mark Santos (6.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg) and a pair of three-point shooters who can explode any time in Jharles Uy (4.0) and Lian Dy (4.0).

    No matter which team emerges victorious, the Saint Jude-Cultural encounter is expected to feature some pendulum-like spurts, offensive gems and breath-taking defensive tenacity.
  2. PCYAA Basketball: SJCS Rips Pace, Ties PCC For Top Spot

    Day 8 Sunday January 24, 2016
    Venue: Uno High School gym
    GAME RESULTS
    Aspirants Division
    Saint Jude Catholic School 60 - Pace Academy 40
    Juniors Division
    Grace Christian College 77 - Saint Peter the Apostle School 52
    Saint Jude Catholic School 62 - Pace Academy 50
    TEAM STANDINGS
    Aspirants Division - Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (3-1), Grace Christian College (2-1), Philippine Cultural College (2-2), Saint Jude Catholic School (2-2), Pace Academy (0-3) and Uno High School (0-3)
    Juniors Division - Saint Jude Catholic School (4-0), Philippine Cultural College (4-0), Pace Academy (2-2), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-2), Uno High School (2-2), Grace Christian College (2-2), Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-4) and Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4)

    Defending champion Saint Jude Catholic School joined host Philippine Cultural College atop the Juniors Division standings of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball competitions with a grinding 62-50 decision over Pace Academy Sunday afternoon at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.
    With the win, the Judenites climbed to 4-0 in a share of the leadership with PCC, which also owns a 4-0 record following Saturday's victory over Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy.
    SJCS took control early with its defensive pressure, forcing the Pacers to bad shots and turnovers. The Mendiola-based school never trailed at any time but neither could it put the Pacers away early.
    The Judenites were up, 14-10, after the first quarter and grabbed a 27-19 advantage at intermission behind frontliner Kendrick Ong's eight markers. Tyrone Tan had a team-high six points and Pol Antiporda had five for the Pacers after 30 minutes.
    Pace was down, 36-25, when SJCS went on a 10-0 run built around reserve Maynard Yap's four points, Charles Sy's pair of free throws and Lance Chan's back-to-back twinners to propel the reigning titlist to a commanding 46-25 lead.
    Jeff Lugay made a fielder to trim Pace's deficit to 19, 46-27, heading to the payoff period. Kelly Lihao provided some spark with teammate Antiporda struggling, tallying all his 10 points in the fourth quarter. But the closest the Pacers could come within was 11 points, 61-50, with 37.4 seconds left and the game already settled.
    In a low-scoring game that was a combination of good defense by Saint Jude and bad offense by both teams, no player from either side tallied in double figures till 8:10 remained in the contest.
    Yap got his 10th and 11th points on a bucket at the time and Jaded Ng was the first PA player in twin digit with a basket for his ninth and 10th markets with 7:24 left.
    Yap finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two steals for the Judenites, who play PCC on Saturday January 30.
    Jared Filipino contributed 10 points, seven boards and five steals and Ong and Sy each tallied eight scores. Sy also grabbed nine rebounds and Ong took eight off the glass. Ong hurt his right shoulder with 8:50 left in the third quarter and sat out the rest of the way.
    Ng paced the Pacers with 14 points and seven boards. Lihao totaled 10 scores and Tan had nine. Lugay made eight points, all in the first 30 minutes, and plucked down five caroms. Antiporda was held to six points along with seven boards for the Pacers, whose record slipped to 2-2.
    In the Juniors Division, Grace Christian College posted its second straight win in four games with an easy 77-52 victory over winless Saint Peter the Apostle School in the PCYAA basketball tournament at the Uno gym.
    The game belonged to GCC from the get-go. It scored 10 unanswered points to grab a 14-1 lead, settling for a 20-7 advantage after the first quarter wherein John Patrick Lim duplicated SPAS’ total output.
    Grace Christian was up, 40-22, at intermission behind Lim’s 17 markers. The lead grew to 26, 59-33, after three quarters as SPAS never threatened. GCC enjoyed its largest lead at 31, 64-33, early in the payoff period.
    GCC, which evened its slate at 2-2, got 19 points, six rebounds and two steals from John Patrick Lim; 11 points and six boards from John Ing; and 10 markers from substitute Sebastian Choi.
    Tree-like Jehrend Tauro grabbed 16 rebounds along with five points for the winning team.
    Saint Peter showed up with only nine men (two of whom even fouled out – Earl Gabriel, 5:15 left, and Jomer Lu, 3:45, in the fourth quarter) and offered little resistance as it trailed by at least 20 points since midway through the third canto.
    The Peterians, who at 0-4 share the cellar with Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4), were bannered by guard John Garren Lim’s 16 points (two triples and 12 in the fourth quarter) and five boards, Gabriel’s 14 points and nine reebies and Elijah Sy’s ...
  3. PCYAA Basketball: Cultural Posts Fourth Straight Win

    3rd PCYAA Boys Basketball
    Day 7 Saturday January 23, 2016 Venue: Uno High School gym

    GAME RESULTS
    Aspirants Division
    Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 84 – Philippine Cultural College 64
    Jubilee Christian Academy 104 – Uno High School 54
    Juniors Division
    Philippine Cultural College 67 – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 55
    Uno High School 60 – Jubilee Christian Academy 56
    TEAM STANDINGS
    Aspirants Division – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (3-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (3-1), Grace Christian College (2-1), Philippine Cultural College (2-2), Saint Jude Catholic School (1-2), Pace Academy (0-2) and Uno High School (0-3)
    Juniors Division – Philippine Cultural College (4-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (3-0), Pace Academy (2-1), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-2), Uno High School (2-2), Grace Christian College (1-2), Saint Peter the Apostle Church (0-3) and Jubilee Christian Academy (0-4)

    Host Philippine Cultural College regained the top spot in the Juniors Division standings of the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association (PCYAA) basketball tournament with a 67-55 decision over Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy Saturday (January 23) at the Uno High School gym in Tondo, Manila.
    It was the Seagulls’ fourth victory in as many assignments and gave them a half-game lead over Juniors defending champion Saint Jude Catholic School, which owns a 3-0 record going into Sunday’s encounter with Pace Academy (2-1).
    PCC was ahead from start to finish, racing to an 11-0 lead from the get-go. It was up, 18-8, after the first 10 minutes with Kimson Chen making four of five field attempts, including a triple, for nine points.
    MGC-NLCA came within one point, 22-21, midway through the second quarter but that was as close as it could get.
    The Seagulls went into intermission with a 37-27 advantage as Chen (11), Michael Manansala (10) and beanpole Daniel Manalang (seven, two triples) combined for 28 scores.
    MGC-NLCA stayed afloat with Carl Ong coming off the bench with 12 markers and Daniel Lim clustering six points in the second canto.
    Chen finished with a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and blocked three enemy missiles. Manansala was the only other PCC player in double-digit scores with 10 along with five reebies and three steals.
    Manalang, whose second triple gave PCC a 35-25 lead with 55 seconds left in the first half, collected nine points (included seven in the second period), eight boards and three blocks and Jharles Uy had eight points (all in the third canto, including a pair of threes), five rebounds and two steals.
    MGC-NLCA, which lost for the second game in a row and dropped its record to 2-3, was bannered by Daniel Lim's 16 points and 10 boards and Carl Ong’s 13 points (12 in the first half) and 10 reebies. Ike Jordan Lim, who had earlier powered MGC-NLCA’s reigning Aspirants championship team to a win over its PCC counterpart, scored all of his eight points in the second half, including two triples in the third quarter, and grabbed five rebounds.

    Meanwhile, Uno High School evened its slate at 2-1 with a gutsy, come-from-behind 60-56 victory over winless Jubilee Christian Academy.
    JCA, 0-4, led for most of the first half, trailing just once, 11-10, in the early minutes following a basket by Uno’s Warren Tan. JCA went on a 7-0 run behind Keane Ang (two baskets) and Dustin Te (a three-point play) to go ahead, 17-11. It was up, 20-13, when Unean Sean Tan connected on a fielder to close the gap to five, 20-15, after the first 10-minute quarter.
    The teams were deadlocked at 30-all at halftime. Jozshua Healy tallied eight points, pint-sized Justin Matthew Vistan netted seven points, including his first of two triples; and Tan scored six (all in the first quarter) for Uno during the period, offsetting eight markers by Ang and four each from big men Andrei Yu and Lanz Tan.
    JCA was ahead, 48-42, with 20.2 seconds left in the third canto but Uno skipper Kim Tanlo went 3-for-4 from the foul line to peg the score at 48-45 heading into the payoff quarter.
    Burly Lanz Tan made it a 50-45 advantage for Jubilee before Uno caught up and equalized at 53-53 on a Tan bucket off a Tanlo assist with 2:42 remaining. After JCA regained the upperhand, 54-53, on a Lanz Tan freebie, Uno scored six straight points on two free throws by Tanlo, a fielder by Adrian Ramos following a steal and finally a Tanlo jumper that put their team ahead for good, 59-54, at the 54.7-second mark.
    Andrei Yu banked a twinner to trim JCA’s deficit to three, 59-56, time down to 22 seconds. Tan, however, iced the game for Uno after making the first of his two trips to the charity stripes for a 60-56 lead with 13.5 ticks left.

    Tanlo wound up with ...
  4. PCYAA Basketball: SJCS, PCC Share Juniors Leadership

    Day 6 Thursday January 21, 2016 Venue: Uno High School Gym

    GAME RESULTS

    Aspirants Division
    Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 86 – Saint Jude Catholic School 76

    Juniors Division
    Saint Jude Catholic School 58 – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy 39

    TEAM STANDINGS

    Aspirants Division – Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-0), Jubilee Christian Academy (2-1), Grace Christian College (2-1), Philippine Cultural College (2-1), Saint Jude Catholic School (1-2), Uno High School (0-2) and Pace Academy (0-2)

    Juniors Division – Saint Jude Catholic School (3-0), Philippine Cultural College (3-0), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-1), Pace Academy (2-1), Uno High School (1-2), Grace Christian College (1-2), Jubilee Christian Academy (0-3) and Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-3)

    Defending champion Saint Jude Catholic School made mincemeat of Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy with a stunning 58-39 decision Thursday night (January 21) to join host Philippine Cultural College atop the Juniors Division standings in the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association high school competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

    Saint Jude Catholic School and Philippine Cultural College share the leadership with identical 3-0 records. With the loss, MGC-NLCA slipped into a tie with Pace Academy for third place at 2-1.

    The Judenites dominated from start to finish. Coach Luis Nolasco opened with a Twin Towers combination of Kendrick Ong and Joseph Metrado and employed a suffocating full-court pressure throughout that completely befuddled MGC-NLCA from the get-go.

    SJCS raced to an 8-0 lead – three points from Metrado and Matthew Ang (a triple) and a twinner by Ong – and never looked back. It was ahead by two points, 12-10, at the end of the first quarter following a triple by MGC’s Kyle Sy.

    MGC-NLCA came within one, 19-18, on a fielder by Aaron Sy. However, that was as close as it could get from thereon.

    Jared Filipino produced two triples and eight points in the second canto as the Judenites settled for a 27-22 advantage at intermission.

    SJCS tightened the defensive screws in the pivotal third quarter as it limited MGC-NLCA to a measly seven points while knocking in 16 of its own to head into the payoff quarter with a commanding 43-29 advantage. In the first 5.5 minutes of the third quarter, Maynard Yap netted eight points, including three consecutive layups (from 27-23 to 33-23 for the team’s first double-digit lead) coming off his own steals.

    The Judenites never let-up with their pressure defense till the final buzzer and enjoyed their largest lead at 58-35 with less than two minutes remaining on a triple by Mallechi Lim.

    Hotshot Ike Jordan Lim, who had earlier led MGC-NLCA’s reigning Aspirants team to its second straight victory in as many outings against its 13-and-under counterparts from Saint Jude Catholic School, was sent in with 3:11 left and knock in a triple that finalized the count and mercifully ended MGC-NLCA’s misery.

    Filipino chalked up 12 points and five rebounds to pace SJCS. Teammate Yap came off the pines to contribute 10 markers, seven boards, four steals and two blocks, Lance Chan tallied all of his six points in the third quarter and Kendrick Ong had four points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.

    Hardworking Carl Ong registered a double-double for MGC-NLCA with 16 points and 13 rebounds and Aaron Sy added nine points.
    In an Aspirants Division game, reigning titlist Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy improved its record to 2-0 with an 86-76 victory over Saint Jude Catholic School.

    SJCS’ Laurence Sengia scored five straight points, including his second triple of the first quarter, to give his team a 15-11 lead after 10 minutes. Following three deadlocks and seven lead changes in the second canto, MGC-NLCA zoomed ahead, 35-32, at the half, on a pair of free throws and a layup off a steal by Ike Jordan Lim. McNeil Jason Si (13) and Lim (7) combined for 20 points in the first 20 minutes.

    MGC-NLCA broke the game wide open in the third canto, outscoring its opponents, 27-15, as Jordan drained 13 of his game-high 30 points during the period to lift his team to a 62-47 edge.

    MGC-NLCA stretched its lead to 23, 78-55, on a putback by Lim before SJCS made a last-ditch run to trim its deficit to eight, 84-76, on Filipino’s sixth triple and a Andrew Choa freebie, with time down to 38 ticks. Lim finalized the score with a pair of charity shots at the 31.7-second mark.

    Lim, who is averaging 28.5 points after two appearances, had three triples (one in each of the first, third and fourth quarters) and ...
  5. PCYAA Juniors Basketball: MGC-NLCA Takes On Defending Champion SJCS

    PCYAA Juniors Division (High School) Team Standings – Philippine Cultural College (3-0), Saint Jude Catholic School (2-0), Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy (2-0), Pace Academy (2-1), Uno High School (1-2), Grace Christian College (1-2), Jubilee Christian Academy (0-3) and Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-3)

    Something has to give when defending Juniors Division titlist Saint Jude Catholic School and Makati Gospel Church-New Life Christian Academy collide Thursday (January 21) in the 3rd Philippine Ching Yuen Athletic Association high school basketball competitions at the Uno High School Gym in Tondo, Manila.

    Both teams own an unblemished 2-0 record. The winner of the game will join equally unbeaten Philippine Cultural College atop the Juniors team standings. The loser, on the other hand, will drop into a share of second place with Pace Academy.

    Host Philippine Cultural College temporarily grabbed the No. 1 spot in the PCYAA Juniors team standings with a hard-earned 58-55 victory over Uno High School last Sunday.

    PCC snared its third win in as many assignments while Uno, the inaugural titlist in 2013-14, slipped to 1-2 and fell into a tie with Grace Christian College at fifth place.

    The Seagulls never trailed throughout the game and were ahead by as much as 10 points, 22-12, late in the first half. However, it could not put away the highly-spirited Uneans, who came within one point, 56-55, with 26.6 seconds left.

    Uno failed to capitalize on PCC’s 0-for-4 performance from the free throw line in the final seconds. Both times, PCC grabbed offensive rebounds following the second-shot misses before Kimson Chen sealed the game for the 3-0 Seagulls on a pair of charities with 0.6 seconds remaining.

    Chen led PCC with 12 points, 16 rebounds and four steals and tree-like Daniel Manalang contributed nine points and 11 boards.

    Jozshua Healy and Jesse Chong netted 18 and 16 points, respectively for Uno.

    In other Sunday games, Sebastian Choi scored 24 points and John Ing added 20 as Grace Christian College picked up its first victory in three outings with a 70-64 decision over winless Jubilee Christian Academy (0-3) and Pace Academy, behind Jaden Ng’s 19 points, improved its ledger to 2-1 with an 83-39 rout of undermanned Saint Peter the Apostle School (0-3).

    In the inaugural Ladies High School volleyball competitions last Sunday, Grace Christian College beat Pace Academy 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 27-25) and Philippine Cultural College won twice in sweeping Saint Peter the Apostle School 3-0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-13) and taking down Grace Christian College in four sets (27-29, 25-21, 25-15, 25-1.

    Saint Jude Catholic School, which beat SPAS 3-0 on opening day, drew a bye in the five-school event.
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